Weather update: Delhi to remain under clouds; thunderstorm with rain predicted on Saturday

| Updated: 27 May, 2023 9:39 am IST

Delhi witnessed rough and stormy weather accompanied by rain as strong convective clouds moved across the region on Saturday morning, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).

The IMD noted the presence of a patch of strong convective clouds over Delhi, which caused adverse weather conditions for approximately two hours starting around 6:15 AM. Convective clouds, also known as cumuliform clouds, form due to the process of convection, where warmer air rises as it is less dense than the surrounding atmosphere. The buoyancy associated with the warm air generates powerful updrafts.

The forecast indicates the occurrence of thunderstorms, dust storms, and light to moderate intensity rain, accompanied by gusty winds ranging from 40 to 70 km/h, over Delhi, the National Capital Region (NCR), and nearby areas.

The expected impacts of the rain, thunderstorms, and lightning in Delhi-NCR and adjoining areas include damage to plantations, horticulture, and standing crops, as well as partial damage to vulnerable structures. Additionally, minor damage may occur to kutcha houses, walls, and huts, among other effects.

On May 25, Delhi experienced a thunderstorm influenced by a thunder cell that passed through Delhi-NCR. The thunderstorm brought gusty winds (40-60 km/h), lightning, and light to moderate rainfall. Similar weather conditions are expected to continue over most parts of Delhi-NCR for nearly two hours.

Previously, the weather department had reported the impact of an active Western Disturbance on Northwest India, which persisted until May 26. The disturbance reached its peak intensity on May 24 and 25.

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